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Kaw Hmoo cyclone victims forced out of camps

May 21, 2008 (DVB), Authorities in Kaw Hmoo township of Rangoon Division have been pressuring around 1000 cyclone victims currently sheltering in monasteries and churches to go back to their homes.

A private donor who recently visited to give rice to the refugees told DVB the camps were being dismantled.

"When I was there yesterday, I was told that local police had people in the refugee camps to remove the camp signposts and Red Cross flag poles, and told the refugees to go home," the donor said.

"I found out that the same thing happened in four places, including the camp inside Yadanarmundaing monastery in Ahpyauk village, which has more than 400 people, the camp at church in Magyikan village and the camp inside Phayarkone monestary in Ahpyauk village, where there are over 300 people."

The donor said the refugees were reliant on private contributions of food.

"Private donors go there almost every day to distribute food among refugees," the donor said.

"They don't have anything to cook for themselves so they just have to wait for the food to come," he continued.

"Monks at monasteries are trying their best to feed people, rice and bean soup, twice a day."

Although people are being forced out of the current refugee camps, they don't have anywhere to live and can't move on with their lives, the donor said.

"The houses and shacks on their farms were destroyed by the storm and their buffalo and cows were killed," he said.

Reporting by Nay Say Phaw


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